"Easy," she replied. "They all saw 'How a Bill Becomes a Law' in high school." Here's a YouTube version of this high school classic. [3:01]
Note there is no mention in this of the filibuster or other undemocratic aspects of legislative procedure -- no wonder folks don't know how Senate procedure is stifling democratic (small "d") government.
The Pew Survey linked to above is interesting. Only 32 percent of us know that every single Republican voted against health care reform. You can take the quiz yourself and see how well you line up with the general public.
Here's an idea: how about something a little more demanding for our brilliant leader? It would be great to see whether he could interact so intelligently with people who have a little more intellectual heft. The President should go on live TV with a panel of folks who actually know something about health care reform and take a shot at explaining why the strangely contorted half-measures that Congress has come close to passing is good for us. Some suggestions for the panel:
- Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) who has introduced health care reforms in 27 sessions of Congress;
- Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) who champions drug importation to create price pressure on the pharmaceutical industry;
- T. R. Reid, a journalist who has studied health care around the world;
- Dr. Quentin Young of Physicians for a National Health Program;
- Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Now that's a TV show I'd tune in to. I think this President might be up to it. But, unlike the Party of No, these folks would require him to work to make his points if they weren't too cowed.